Brisbane Roar & Brisbane Airport – First Class Seats
Two Brisbane Roar legends, some comfy chairs and gorgeous air hostie… It’s a tough job sometimes
Recently I had the opportunity to photograph a couple of Brisbane Roar players Thomas Brioch and Besart Berisha for Brisbane Airport’s First Class Seats promo. It was a tough gig for them. They were forced to sit in really comfy chairs, get served food and drink by gorgeous Pan Am inspired air hostie and pretend to be happy about it. They battled through it. They even found time to compare notes on what each other was wearing.
I’m only pretty new to Brisbane so in 2010 I was on the hunt for a few local sporting teams to get behind. 2010 was a great year for the Brisbane Roar given they won the competition. Well, that was my team decided. So when I got the call to shoot a couple of players for the Brisbane Airport First Class promotion I was excited.
The BAC First Class Seats idea is that at home games two die hard Brisbane Roar fans get chosen at random to upgrade their seats to the best in the house. They get to watch the entire match in very comfy recliners while being served food and drinks. They are right on the sideline, close enough to trip over one or more opposition players.I was shooting at 1pm in the afternoon, direct overhead sun in Suncorp Stadium. I prayed with all my might (via a sun position calculator app on my iPhone) that the sun would just tip behind the stadium in time for the shoot. Lucky for me it did. Not so lucky for my assistant who spent the first hour of the shoot setting up a 3.5 x 3.5 metre scrim to block the overhead light, which wasn’t needed in the end. Oh well, you know what they say; be prepared.
Before the shoot started I was warned the players had just come from training and they only had a very short window of time before they had to leave. We had some setup shots to get through of the lads reclining in (post training) luxury, along with a few ‘celebration’ images.
Without sounding like ‘oh my god my clients are the best thing since mortgage repayments were invented’ Bes and Thom were totally involved in the shoot and gave me so much to work with.
I said ‘hey, can we do some stuff were it looks like you’re talking about/celebrating the on field action?’ They agreed and instantly started coordinating themselves around what was happening in the imaginary game on the field, which direction they would be looking, and mercilessly taking the piss out of each other when they saw the results on the laptop.
The lads stayed well over their allotted time and gave all their effort and energy to help me deliver amazing images to BAC. When I asked BAC why they sponsor the Roar they told me it was because when the Roar first started they were a young, growing team with heaps to prove and tons to offer. Much of the sponsorship BAC contributes is invested in young players and programs that develop the strength of the game at a community level in (and out of) Brisbane.
Thanks to the gorgeous Jess, our air hostie, who actually worked harder than anyone on the day. It looks simple to hold a tray in front of two fit attractive men. But in fact the tray was heavy, she was in an awkward position for long periods of time and was under strict instructions not to spill a thing! She’d earned a rest by the end.